Agenda and minutes

Equality and Diversity Forum
Thursday, 1st July, 2010 7.00 pm

Venue: Civic Offices, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, SM1 1EA

Contact: Linda Fisher 

No. Item




Apologies were received from Councillors Jennifer Campbell-Klomps and Roger Thistle, Janet Sherborne, Sonya Bartlett, Kate Evans, Derek Forbes and Pam Davies.




New vice-chair to be agreed by the Forum.



Brother Shafi Chowdhury was appointed as Vice-Chair of the Forum.




of the meeting held on the 25 February 2010 to be agreed and signed by the Chair of the Forum.



The Minutes of the meeting held on 25 February 2010 were approved as a correct record, and signed by the Chair.




Verbal report by the Project Manager.


Any item in the previously circulated Information Bulletin can, on request and with the permission of the Chair, be discussed by the Forum members.


Estimated time : 5 minutes



Linda Fisher, Project Manager advised the Forum that she would love to hear from anyone with interesting news, information, articles off the internet or their latest set of minutes, especially anything they wished to share with others.


Linda requested that information should not include abbreviations or acronyms for ease of reference.


Linda said that the despatch date for the next Information Bulletin was Friday 6 October 2010 and would appreciate receiving any items by Thursday 5 June, preferably by e-mail on or by post to Committee Services, Civic Offices, St Nicholas Way, Sutton SM1 1EA.


Linda highlighted to members that they could use this free method of communicating with other organisations or groups.


Resolved: Linda Fisher and Ben Unsworth were complimented on their comprehensive pack comprised in the Information Bulletin.




Verbal update by Wasia Shahain, Engagement and Equality Team on the consultation which starts on 14 June and ends 14 Sepember 2010.


Estimated time: 30 minutes



Frances Newell, Engagement and Equalities Team, National Health Service (NHS) Sutton and Merton gave a presentation regarding the Equality Scheme consultation which runs from 22 June to 14 September 2010.


Frances explained that NHS Sutton and Merton was developing a new Equality Scheme and Action Plan 2010-2013 as the current Equality Scheme ends in November 2010 and it had obligations to meet legal duties in the Equality Act 2010.  The general aims of the new Scheme were to ensure that the services commissioned effectively addressed the following:


  • Barriers to accessing health services
  • Difference in patient experience
  • Differences in health outcome for different sections of the population
  • Promoting equality and a working culture of anti-discrimination for all staff.


Frances advised that the following had been achieved to date:


  • Working with local football clubs to run a healthy living campaign targeted at men.
  • Increased ethnic minority referrals to Psychological therapies.
  • Commissioned regular sight tests for people with learning disabilities.
  • Improved patient information for women using Breast Screening Services.
  • Supported a successful bid to improve GP access for newly arrived migrant groups.
  • Engaged with faith groups around our End of Life care strategy.


Frances informed the Forum that the following high level objectives had been developed:


  • Commissioning targeted action to address health inequalities.
  • Improving equalities data collection (services).
  • Ensuring equality in job selection, retention, exit and progression.
  • Building staff skills and knowledge (i.e. training and development).
  • Communicating with and engaging our communities.
  • Demonstrating leadership, performance and good governance.


The Scheme has been developed by the use of a variety if information sources, i.e. statutory duties, strategic plan, joint strategic needs assessment, current equality scheme 2007-2010, review of public health data sources, workforce profile report and patient and public engagement feedback.  The protected characteristics (or ‘equality groups’ are age, disability, gender, transgender, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion and belief (including lack of belief) and socio-economic background.


Key comments were made as follows:


  • Queries and interest in the performance of local health services in relation to equalities data collection
  • Lack of actions relating to sickle cell and thalassaemia
  • No mention of prostate cancer (equalities impact relating to gender, ethnicity)
  • Importance of cultural as well as faith issues in end of life care provision
  • Discrimination experienced by young Muslims, which could be affecting access to services and mental health
  • Request of Muslim community for NHS to consider provision of circumcision service
  • Importance of monitoring health service providers on their equalities performance in relation to their own workforce


All consultation documents can be found on the website .  Comments and suggestions are welcome.  Feedback form to be sent by e-mail to or post to the Engagement and Equalities team, NHS Sutton and Merton, 120 The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1RH.  For queries please telephone Wasia Shahain: 020 8251 0510. 


Frances stated that the NHS Sutton and Merton were willing to talk about the consultation at meetings of groups in the community, voluntary or public sector.


A consultation event will be held on Tuesday 14 September  ...  view the full minutes text for item 160.



Presentation by Iqbal Husain, Cultural Services Manager and discussion with the Equality and Diversity Forum.


Estmated time: 20 minutes



Iqbal Husain, Cultural Services Manager spoke about Sutton’s Physical Activities and Sports Strategy 2010/12 and advised that this was set against a background of substantial change in public services, i.e. public finances will impact all services and provide both new challenges and opportunities in different circumstances.


The process of putting the Physical Activity & Sports Strategy together has been conducted via a series of here facilitated workshops and various consultations.  The workshops were conducted with a range of stakeholders and the key messages from this work including developing information, co-ordination, outreach, access and supporting preparations for 2012.


Iqbal advised that the role of the Community Sport and Physical Activity Network (CSPAN) will be important and the Strategy aims to be an expression of the network’s ambition to ensure that sport and physical activity continues to be developed successfully.  With the upcoming London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympics, there is also a unique opportunity to help boost participation in sport and active recreations.


Sutton’s CSPAN assists with the local planning and delivery of national (from Sport England) and sub-regional (from Pro-Active South London) initiatives.  At the same time, Sutton CSPAN in turn influences policies and priorities at national, regional and sub-regional level, by representing and reflecting local interests.  The CSPAN will have a key role in the governance of physical activity and sport provision locally and aims to be independently chaired and guided by a terms of reference document.


It is widely recognised that sport and physical activity have a key role across a number of areas from health and education to employment/skills and community cohesion.  In Sutton one key role is the link to prevention and the behaviour change agenda.


The Forum was asked the following questions:


  • Football Clubs and Sports Clubs to carry out further outreach work with schools and members of the public.
  • Childhood obesity to be targeted.
  • Physical exercise aids emotional and mental well being and should be promoted to a wider audience.
  • Women Only swimming sessions had been a major breakthrough.
  • Leisure Centres should collect more specific data with regard to ethnicity and disabilities.
  • Fulham Football Club to get schools involved with football.
  • Girls to be encouraged to participate in football.
  • Lead Member for Olympics and Paralympics is Councillor Graham Tope.
  • Sutton MENCAP to assist on both physical and learning disabled.
  • Walking and cycling to be encouraged.
  • Local sports talent with the potential to represent UK in London 2012 have been and this is available through
  • Conference on 8 September at The Phoenix Centre 2.00 pm -5.00 pm with neighbouring boroughs will look at planning for the 14 weeks from the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations  to end of the Paralympic Games. .


A question was asked whether there could be wheelchair basketball sessions to which Iqbal replied that wheelchair basketball was part of the ‘Active At The Phoenix’ event on Saturday 10 July 2010 to be held at The Phoenix Centre, Wallington as part of Take Part, Take Pride Summer Festival.




The following points were highlighted:




Verbal update on the Forum’s Open Evening on June 24th 2010.


Estimated time: 10 minutes



Brother Shafi Chowdhury tabled a report and updated the Forum on the Sutton Faith and Belief Forum’s ‘Open Evening’ on the 24 June 2010 held at the Civic Offices, Sutton.


Up to 40 guests had attended with the theme of the evening being ‘Their vision of the future’.  Paul Burstow, MP, Chief Superintendent Guy Ferguson and the Leader of the Council, Councillor Sean Brennan attended as special guests.


Councillor Sean Brennan said that his vision for the future is to build a community in which all people are valued and gives the opportunity for all to take part and support the values of ‘Community.  He singled out the work of the ‘Street Pastors’, who were volunteers and come from a variety of faith and belief communities and work in Sutton High Street on Friday and Saturday nights.  Sean also encouraged everyone to be more neighbourly.


Guy Ferguson advised in his briefings to his officers he says that ‘every contact counts’.  In their work their manner must be polite and tolerant, while dealing in a robust and relentless manner with criminals.


A main part of his policy is for the Police to be more open to the local residents.  Last year he organised an ‘Open Day’ at the Police Station, the most popular part being a conducted tour of the custody unit when 1,800 guests attended.  It is hoped to organise another one for 12 September this year.  Another of his policies is for ‘community officers’ to make contact with as many households as they can to find out what issues are of concern.


Mr Paul Burstow, MP, spoke of how important it is to make the coalition work.  The Budget being a key question affecting the fundamental relationship, between citizens and the state.  Paul said that we all need to target resources more carefully and spread the cost fairly among the different levels of society, encourage self-help and be careful not to create a dependence attitude amongst people. 


Following the presentations, the panel took questions from the floor.


            Resolved: To note the above.




Groups, who have obtained the permission of the chair, will present on their activities.


Estimated time : 10 minutes


Nicolas Davies confirmed that she had been appointed to a new post at Sutton Centre for Independent Learning and Living, rather than a member of the Physical and Sensory Disabilities Partnership Board.


Councillor Lester Holloway informed the Forum that there was a Black History Steering Group organising events for Black History Month in October which shares the history, achievements and contributions of Sutton’s black community with everyone in the borough.  It was noted that Wasia Shahain from NHS Sutton and Merton was a member on the Steering Group advising on health issues.




  • Minutes of the last Sutton Traveller Forum’s meeting dated Monday 8 March 2010 held at the Handley Page Community Centre are attached for information.


  • Take Part, Take Pride: Sutton’s summer festival is a programme of activities and events taking place in the London Borough of Sutton in June and July.


This year’s Take Part, Take Pride week is from 12 – 18 July and there is a whole host of special events planned for this week which culminates with Move it at the Manor in Manor Park on Sunday 18 July.  Programmes have been delivered to every home in the Borough, or can be collected from Sutton libraries.


For more information telephone Michaela Markland on 020 8770 4391 or contact her at






The minutes of the Sutton Traveller Forum’s meeting held o Monday 8 March 2010 were noted, together with the information about the Take Part, Take Pride summer festival to be held from the 12 – 18 July, which culminates with Move it at the Manor in Manor Park on Sunday 18 July.  Programmes had been delivered to every home in the Borough and were also tabled at the meeting.








brought forward at the direction of the Chair, who has approved the reason for urgency.


There was no urgent business.





The dates of the next meeting will be on Thursday 28 October 2010 at

7.00 pm, Civic Offices, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, Surrey.



The Forum noted that the date of the next meeting would be on Thursday 28 October 2010 at 7.00 pm in the Civic Offices, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, Surrey.